Explorer of the Seas - Western Caribbean: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by msmillie99

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Explorer of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: December 2006
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our first cruise, it was to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. It didn't take long to realize that we picked the best cruise line and ship. We stayed a night in Miami pre-cruise at the Marriott Biscayne bay. Clean room with a pretty good view of the port. Day of the cruise we were picked up at the hotel at 11.30am, unfortunately the passengers for Freedom were left behind due to the virus outbreak. After the ride to the port we checked-in in a quick orderly manor and were on the ship by 12:20. We were directed to the Windjammer buffet where we found the food to be of high standards and the staff friendly. By 2pm we checked out of cabin, really nice, comfortable bed and the shower was fine (I had read a lot of reviews about the small showers) yes it was smaller than home but there was adequate room for my husband who is 230pd and 6'3. Rosa was our attendant and she did a fantastic job. We had breakfast on our balcony, very relaxing and enjoyable. The ship was large but still had More a feeling of seclusion if that's what you were looking for, furnishings in good shape. Great number of deck loungers - plenty for everyone. Before sailing we checked out our dinner table, Magellan dining room right next to the Captains table (we never did see the captain, he ate at the late sitting and we missed him on the Promenade). I had read rave reviews about our waiter and his assistant, sure enough they were the BEST, Engin (Engine) from Turkey and Carlos from Jamaica. Our fellow dinners were from Sweden and Seattle, we had a great time together and plan to stay in touch. As far as the ports of call, Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Georgetown, Cozumel and Georgetown were the best. Belize is new to the cruise industry but has a promising future, we toured the Mayan ruins at Cachel Pec. note: take the cruise backed excursions - our bus was late getting back but the last tender had to wait for us, several on the bus were panicking. Our guide Lizette was great, a wealth of knowledge. Back on board the Solarium was a nice retreat (no kids allowed, and there were more than I thought there would be on board) day or night, hot tubs always had plenty of room. The shows we had were great (the RCI singers and dancers I mean) there were 3 comedians, not good, one was a little offensive. Didn't get to see the ice show but heard nothing but great comments. The last day at sea was a little rough but nothing that Dramamine couldn't handle. Disembarkation went smoothly, luggage was slow coming off though. As I said earlier this was our first cruise BUT it will not be our last, we have already booked for Alaska on Serenade of the Seas. A group of cruisers from the northeast upon learning it was our first (their 15th+) said we had no where else to go, we had reached the top. We wholeheartedly agree. In the future we may try other lines but for now RCI is the way to go. Less

Published 12/24/06

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